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Blinded me with science: A look back at 2014

By Jessica McMathis / December 29, 2014

Because it’s that time of year, and because it’s worth remembering—associate editor Jessica shares her top five posts, people, and moments from 2014.

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Aggressive climate pollution plan part of China’s ‘energy revolution’

By Jessica McMathis / December 17, 2014

China is making strides toward cutting carbon emissions, but will it be enough? New research shows that the country’s mitigation strategies may not be enough to overcome increasing demand.

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Building stronger, taller towers of clean energy with high-strength concrete technology

By Jessica McMathis / December 11, 2014

The Department of Energy has awarded Iowa State University researchers with a $1-million grant for their high-strength concrete technology that has the potential to revolutionize the production of wind energy.

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DOE announces $9-million funding opportunity for solar R&D

By Jessica McMathis / December 7, 2014

The Department of Energy is handing out $9 million for R&D related to the advancement of photovoltaic technologies that slash the price tag of solar energy systems.

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Farewell, sixth sense: Analytics, science provide urban planners with more than intuition

By Jessica McMathis / November 13, 2014

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago have developed tools that provide city planners with something greater than the sixth sense—analytics.

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Increased trade, decreased price: Deal may expand tariff-free tech, including semiconductors

By April Gocha / November 12, 2014

Successful negotiations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are setting the stage for the World Trade Organization to slash tariffs on an expanded selection of high-tech products, including semiconductors.

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DOE funding to speed up nuclear R&D, lab-to-market transition

By Jessica McMathis / November 9, 2014

The Department of Energy is accelerating clean-energy technologies, flagging $13 million to advance nuclear energy R&D and launching a pilot program to speed up the lab-to-market process.

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Federal funding for basic research at US colleges and universities stagnant in FY 2012

By Jessica McMathis / September 21, 2014

Basic research at the nation’s colleges and universities received a decrease in federal funding by 0.3 percent between FY 2011 and FY 2012, according to data from the National Science Foundation.

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Bill proposes incentives to overhaul, strengthen engineering programs at US universities

By Jessica McMathis / September 4, 2014

What are lawmakers in Washington doing to ensure that manufacturing remains a focus of economic recovery and revitalization? For one, they’re backing a bipartisan bill that helps strengthen engineering programs at learning institutions across the nation to meet the growing demands—and challenges—of manufacturing in the 21st century.

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DOE doles out $67 million to advance nuclear research, clean energy innovation

By Jessica McMathis / August 25, 2014

Last week, the Energy Department announced a $67-million funding infusion for research on nuclear energy and clean energy innovation, which, according to a DOE news release, builds on the Obama administration’s efforts to expand such innovation.

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